A proposed fracking project would lease over 40,000 acres of beautiful forestland in Ohio’s only national forest, the Wayne.The land could be open to fracking in as little as 30 days!
Ohio already has very little public land, and our remaining forests are often broken up into small patches that can’t support wildlife. That’s why the OEC Action Fund is waging a major campaign to protect Ohio’s forestland. We think the Wayne should be full of trails to explore and towering trees, not pipelines and fracking wells.
I urge the BLM to cancel its plan to lease out 40,000 acres of the Wayne National Forest to fracking operations. The damage that such a large scale project could inflict on the forest and the rare and threatened wildlife species that depend on it is tremendous.
I am also concerned that new fossil fuel leasing on the Wayne will be yet another negative contribution to the worsening global climate crisis. The BLM administers a substantial portion of this country’s proven fossil fuel reserves, including those underneath the Wayne. Expansion of fossil fuel production on federal lands could substantially increase greenhouse gas emissions and jeopardize the environment and the health and well being of future generations.